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Japanese nuclear incident

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The HPA advises any United Kingdom nationals in Japan who may be affected by the 11 March earthquake to closely follow public health information given out by the Japanese authorities.

Due to the potential disruptions to the supply of goods, transport, communications, power and other infrastructure in parts of Japan, the UK Government is advising UK nationals in Japan to follow certain precautionary measures.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)'s advice to UK nationals includes the recommendation that they should stay outside a 20km radius of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility as well as advice against all travel to the additional ‘exclusion’ zones outside this 20km radius identified by the Japanese authorities. For areas outside those subject to restrictions, out to 60 km from the facility, we advise that you exercise a high degree of caution at all times by following the advice of the Japanese authorities.

The HPA will continue to keep its advice under review according to the developing situation.

There is no health risk to people living in the UK from the release of radioactive material from the Japanese nuclear power plant.

Returning Travellers

On the basis of current information, UK citizens outside the exclusion zone will not have been exposed to potentially harmful levels of radiation.

Health Protection Agency Role

The organisation leading the international response is the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The Health Protection Agency has a wide range of public health expertise on the effects of radiation, chemicals and environmental hazards.

The HPA has been assessing information provided by the Japanese authorities and the IAEA, and is advising the United Kingdom Government that UK nationals living near the nuclear power plants should follow the advice of the Japanese authorities and the FCO.

Other information on the Japanese earthquake and tsunami

General travel information about Japan for the public and health professionals is available from the HPA website.